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This Tree Will Be Here For A Thousand Years

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  5 reviews
His sixth major collection of poetry.
Unknown Binding
Published January 1st 1979 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Brendan
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Half-baked Zen, Midwestern style. These are the poems of a man who apparently thinks every dream he's had, or random doddering free association he's made, is worth publishing, and for whom no metaphor is too absurd. What's interesting about this volume is the implicit sense of the poet's inflated ego, as though he's convinced he's some latter-day Du Fu — that his verses really will be here for a thousand years — and the level-headed voices of reality have yet to tell him otherwise.

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Eugenea Pollock
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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Anthropomorphism throughout these verses was, for me, beautifully displayed and enjoyable to read. Here’s an example: “The snow water glances up at the new moon” from Frost Still in the Ground. But I simply tired of his recurrent snow theme—a walk before, a dream of, an accumulation of, a night of, a storm. These were not disappointing efforts per se, just a bit monotonous. More variety in the choice for this collection would have been welcome.
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Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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Lon
May 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This guy, Bly, needs to go easy on the exclamation points. Jeesh. He's writing about snow-laden landscapes on the midwestern plains or some hushed reverie and then !!!BAM!!! an exclamation point goes off like a gunshot. Look at some of these:

"Oval/Faces crowding to the window!

"When I write of moral things,/The clouds boil/Blackly!"

"Never be with your children, let them get string like radishes!/Let you wife worry about the lack of money!/Your whole life is like a drunkard's dream!/You haven't
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Jim Manis
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book of Bly's poetry, but I find it more interesting as an historical artifact of a certain period of what poetry was in America than as an important book overall. The approach is minimalist, imagistic. The images themselves, farm land, nature, reflects a period of American culture that seems currently to have vanished from most of our lives. Walking across a plowed cornfield seems an activity far removed from most people's experience these days.
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Robert Bly is an American poet, author, activist and leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement.
Robert Bly was born in western Minnesota in 1926 to parents of Norwegian stock. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and spent two years there. After one year at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, he transferred to Harvard and thereby joined the famous group of writers who were undergraduates at that time, which i
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“To Live"

“Living” means eating up particles of death
….as a child picks up crumbs from around the table.
“Floating” means letting the crumbs fall behind you on
….the path.
To live is to rush ahead eating up your own death,
….like an endgate, open, hurrying into the night.”
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